Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary (Afriland Properties)

Job Title: Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary
Company Name: Afriland Properties Plc
Department: Legal & Company Secretariat
Reports to: Chairman, Board & MD/CEO
Supervising: N/A
Location: Lagos

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Afriland Properties Plc is looking to hire a self-starting, passionate, proactive, and enterprising individual to join our team as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Legal Adviser & Company Secretary is responsible for ensuring the company which is publicly registered observes and complies with all legal and regulatory frameworks and corporate governance standards. This role works with the Board of Directors and Management of the Company to provide legal advice, manage legal risks and opportunities.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Legal Counsel
    Working as the Legal Adviser & Company Secretary:
  • Ensure the company complies with legislation, regulations and the requirements of professional bodies and other organizations including the interpreting the effect on the company of any proposed change to legislation.
  • Provide legal advice and support on the Company’s activities and operations in relation to entering contracts, legal arrangements, and agreements particularly in real estate transactions and construction etc.
  • Identify and mitigate legal risks within the company.
  • Keep abreast of changes in commercial law, regulatory management and legislation.
  • Manage, advice and oversee all company’s litigation matters.
  • Manage and monitor the Company’s property portfolio and title documents including development and management of an archiving and electronic filing system for all title documents.
  • Develop, review and advice on all legal documents, agreements, contracts and policies.
  • Liaise with the various regulatory bodies on behalf of Afriland including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission, the Land Registries across the Federation etc.
  • Manage the Company’s stakeholders including shareholders, investors and regulatory agencies.
  • Provide hands-on legal counsel to all levels of executive staff and manage the operations of the legal department.
  • Conduct legal research and liaise with external solicitors on the execution of assigned tasks.

2. Company Secretary

  • Ensure the company complies with legislation, regulations and the requirements of professional bodies and other organizations including the interpreting the effect on the company of any proposed change to legislation.
  • Provide legal advice and support on the Company’s activities and operations in relation to entering contracts, legal arrangements, and agreements particularly in real estate transactions and construction etc.
  • Identify and mitigate legal risks within the company.
  • Keep abreast of changes in commercial law, regulatory management and legislation.
  • Manage, advice and oversee all company’s litigation matters.
  • Manage and monitor the Company’s property portfolio and title documents including development and management of an archiving and electronic filing system for all title documents.
  • Develop, review and advice on all legal documents, agreements, contracts and policies.
  • Liaise with the various regulatory bodies on behalf of Afriland including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission, the Land Registries across the Federation etc.
  • Manage the Company’s stakeholders including shareholders, investors and regulatory agencies.
  • Provide hands-on legal counsel to all levels of executive staff and manage the operations of the legal department.
  • Conduct legal research and liaise with external solicitors on the execution of assigned tasks.

2. Complaince

  • Ensure that Afriland is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including Afriland’s Policies and Governance Charters.
  • Carry out required filings with regulatory bodies including SEC, FRC, CAC, EFCC/SCUML etc.
  • Ensure all regulatory remittances are remitted in a timely manner e.g. NSITF, NHF & ITF
  • Perform periodic updates on all necessary documents, records, and files to ensure full compliance.
  • Liaise with relevant authorities and regulatory bodies.

3. Compliance

  • Ensure that Afriland is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including Afriland’s Policies and Governance Charters.
  • Carry out required filings with regulatory bodies including SEC, FRC, CAC, EFCC/SCUML etc.
  • Ensure all regulatory remittances are remitted in a timely manner e.g. NSITF, NHF & ITF
  • Perform periodic updates on all necessary documents, records, and files to ensure full compliance.
  • Liaise with relevant authorities and regulatory bodies.

4. Other Duties

Participate in ad-hoc projects and perform other activities as may be assigned by the Board, CEO etc

SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES

  • Strong written and oral communication and analytical skills.
  • Good negotiating and drafting skills
  • Deep knowledge of corporate regulatory and company rules or norms
  • Good knowledge of and ability to grasp complex areas of law rapidly and accurately.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to transform legal issues into a workable solution within a business context
  • Exhibiting sound practical judgment.
  • Discretion when handling confidential information and the ability to work as a member of multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to equilibrate priorities and organize work effectively to meet deadlines.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • A University degree at minimum Second Class Upper or its equivalent on Law or Law related course. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Admitted to the Nigerian Bar Association
  • A minimum of seven (7) years professional legal experience in a similar role and in the business environment.
  • Experience in litigation matters will be added benefit.

Interested candidates should submit their CV via careers@afrilandproperties.com

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